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MEEHAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-29 published
MEEHAN, Catherine
September 7, 1915 - November 29, 2001. Daughter of the late John and Maude MEEHAN, sister of the late James and his wife Mary, and sister of the late Eleanor MEEHAN. Passed away peacefully November 29,2001. In remembrance of our aunt.
Mary Helen, Nicole, Carrie and Chris, Elizabeth and Bill, Meaghan, Andrew, John and Joyce, Cassandra, and Sean.

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MEEK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-01 published
MEEK, David Kevin
In loving memory of a dear friend who passed away December 1, 2000.
No length of time can take away my memories of you.
Always remembered, always loved, Mirtha.

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MEEK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-21 published
MEEK, John Frederick -- 27 year Employee of Triton Engineering. Passed away at Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, on Thursday, December 19, 2002, in his 59th year; beloved husband of Gladys Trimble; loved father of Lara MEEK- BASTEL and her husband Andre and Marion; also sadly missed by his many Friends. Friends may call at the Dods and McNair Funeral Home and Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Monday, December 23, 2002 at 11: 00 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Headwaters Health Care Dialysis Unit would be appreciated. A tree will be planted in memory of John in the Dods and McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 2: 30 p.m.

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MEEKER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-12-11 published
The greater glory of a former National Hockey League player turned Flying Father
By Roy MacGREGOR Wednesday, December 11, 2002 -- Print Edition, Page A2
Statistics, they say, don't tell the whole story.
In Les COSTELLO's case, they barely touch it.
The one he picked up yesterday will complete a 74-year run: Feb. 16, 1928, to Dec. 10, 2002.
The National Hockey League record book will say, equally forever: one season, 15 games, two goals, three assists -- but even here the numbers will cover only a small portion of Les COSTELLO's remarkable story.
He played but part of one year after having come up, a scrawny 158-pounder from South Porcupine, Ontario, to join the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1948 Stanley Cup playoffs. Just turned 20, he would score two goals and two assists in only five playoff games to help the Leafs to the Stanley Cup as the best hockey team in the world.
He played with Teeder KENNEDY, Howie MEEKER and Syl APPS, and might have played for years had he not simply packed up his equipment in the spring of 1950 and left for the seminary, certain he would rather be a priest than a player, a young man in search of quite different glory.
Some said he could have been a great one.
Yesterday, when Les COSTELLO died in Toronto -- having been in a coma since falling on the ice a week earlier in a charity hockey game -- they said he had indeed become a great one.
I will not pretend to have known him well. My only acquaintance with him, oddly enough, was on the ice, though he last played in the National Hockey League the year I was born. But twice, once in 1983, and then again a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be on the ice opposite the Flying Fathers, the madcap, charming and yes, highly talented -- hockey team that Reverend Les COSTELLO helped put together in the early 1960s to raise money for charity.
In 1983 that cause was the Jocelyn Lovell Trust Fund. LOVELL, an Olympic cyclist, had been run off the road by a dump truck while training and would never race again. National Hockey League hall-of-famer Ken DRYDEN helped launch a campaign to raise money for the injured athlete and had combined a number of former hockey stars -- among them Gordie HOWE, Andy BATHGATE, Paul HENDERSON, Frank MAHOVLICH and Eddie SHACK -- with some oddball additions that included artist Ken DANBY, lacrosse legend Jack BIONDA, a certain sports media hack and, as coach, broadcaster Peter GZOWSKI.
Contrary to expectations, however, the old hockey greats were not the stars of the game. That belonged, almost exclusively, to Les COSTELLO and his madcap, slapstick hijinks. Perhaps you had to be there but, rest assured, the funniest person on the ice was not Mr. SHACK and the slickest not Mr. BATHGATE. Les COSTELLO might even have been more physical than Mr. HOWE. And just for the record, he did not take the Lord's name in vain during the game. He did, however, use just about every other method of swearing.
What was astonishing about that game was that Les COSTELLO had only recently learned to skate again. A few winters earlier he had become lost in the bush while hunting and lost all but two of his toes to frostbite.
No one remembers the score of that long-ago game, but all who were there remember the good-hearted Costello, his continual laughter, his bag of tricks -- and the cheque for $30,000 he and Ken DRYDEN turned over to Jocelyn LOVELL that night.
They talk about the importance of heart in hockey, but some of those who leave the game behind have even bigger hearts. Les COSTELLO returned to Northern Ontario, where he became a legend of a different sort in Schumacher, close by Timmins and his boyhood home of South Porcupine. He kept up his connections to hockey through younger brother Murray, who played several years in the National Hockey League and later served as president of the Canadian Hockey Association, and also with his Flying Fathers, who became to hockey what the Harlem Globetrotters have always been to basketball.
He was renowned as a priest for his terrible jokes, and insisted on leading off his weekly sermons with one -- at times being less than discretionary in his choice of opener. But if he was unpredictable in behaviour, he was totally predictable in reaction: If anyone needed help, he would be there for them. He set up a mission and gave out food and furniture to those in need. The rectory door at St. Alphonsus was never locked. There was always room at the inn, no matter what a person's faith or lack of faith.
"My philosophy is simple," he once said. "Bring happiness and joy into the lives of everyone you meet.
"Not a bad philosophy, I figure."
Not bad at all.
And, oh yes, one more statistic just to round things out.
Amount raised for charity: $4-million.

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MEESTERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-11-19 published
MEESTERS, Cornelis (Casey) Leonardus -- Suddenly, at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, on Sunday, November 17, 2002, at age 52. Beloved husband of Andrea Gertrude McLEAN. Dear Father of Rory Andrew. Loved son of John and Maria MEESTERS. Loved brother of Marleen NAPOLITANO. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ryan and Odette Funeral Home, 1498 Dundas St. W.. at Dufferin. Visitor parking lot located off Dufferin just north of Dundas. Funeral Mass 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Helen's Church, 1680 Dundas St. W. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. Ryan and Odette Ltd. 416-532-5965

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MEEUWISSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-31 published
CANNON, Phyllis -- Peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto on Sunday, December 29, 2002, in her 67th year. Phyllis CANNON (née HISCOCK,) an elementary school teacher of 35 years, who enriched the lives of many Richmond Hill children. Loving wife of Thomas William CANNON for 41 years. Daughter of the late Wallace and Lucy HISCOCK. Devoted mother of three daughters Marsha and David HOULAHAN of Smiths Falls, Cheryl and John MEEUWISSE of Keswick and Joanne and Allan DEPAULSEN of Mount Albert. World's best Nana to Kerry and Emma, Bailey, A.J. and William. Fondly remembered by many who count her as a close friend and respected colleague. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Dr.), on Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held at Saint Mary's Anglican Church, 10030 Yonge Street, (at Major Mackenzie Dr.), Richmond Hill, on Thursday, January 2nd at 1: 30 p.m. Interment Elgin Mills Cemetery. Donations to St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, 30 Bond Street, Toronto M5B 1W8, would be appreciated.

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